About Janette

Janette is a stay-at-home mom. She's a schedule juggler, boo-boo healing magician, ballet aficionado, wife, artist, coach, fair-weather gardener and mommy taxi driver. Her doctorate in medicine is symptomatic of her infinite love of learning and teaching.

LA to Chi-Town Part 2: Somewhere in Middle America

Goal: Get home! Our goal after leaving Utah was to spend two more nights on the road and then be home to sleep in our own beds. It’s funny, because when I said spend the night on the road, I did not mean it literally.

By | August 29th, 2016|0 Comments

LA to Chi-Town Part 1: How I Learned to Love Diarrhea in Las Vegas and Altitude Sickness in Utah

Goal: Find somewhere to sleep in Utah We started back home on day 7 of our 11-day cross-country excursion. The plan was to camp two nights at Fishlake National Forest in Utah, then camp one night just outside Denver, and play it by ear in Nebraska, before returning to good old Illinois. Well, you know what they say… “The best laid plans of mice and men” and families on road trips “often go awry.”

By | August 26th, 2016|6 Comments

Route 66: Day 6, End of the Road

Goal: Santa Monica Pier and dipping toes in the Pacific Ocean Isn't it fitting that we made it to the end of our journey on Route 66 on day 6? And what an epic day it was. After fueling up on breakfast at our motel, we headed out on the road for a very quick drive to Los Angeles and finally, Santa Monica Pier - the end of the road. What a monumental day this was for us. An epic statement that we, as a family, can accomplish a whole lot if we work together, keep our minds open, and just shut up and enjoy the ride. (In fact wouldn't we all be better off in every day life if we followed those 3 simple tasks?)

By | August 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Route 66: Day 5 – Mojave Desert

Goal: Pasadena, CA We made our way to Pasadena on the Fourth of July. The temperature as we drove through the seemingly endless Mojave Desert exceeded 112 degrees Fahrenheit. It kind of speaks to our mood and how much energy we had at this point, that none of us took pictures on the road this day. I have looked through each of our cameras (including the kids' cameras). There is not even a back-seat selfie featuring a backdrop of the desert.

By | August 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Route 66: Day 4 – Grand Canyon

Goal: Enjoy the Grand Canyon As stated in an earlier post, we decided to stay in Camp Verde, AZ, about 2 hours south of the Grand Canyon. We stayed so far away because we did not plan early enough to stay (affordably) any closer. It was Fourth of July weekend and EVERYTHING was booked! Even campsites. My advice: if you plan on visiting one of the famous National Parks on July 4th weekend, plan ahead.

By | August 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Route 66: Day 3 – Standin’ on the Corner in Winslow, AZ

Goal: Camp Verde, AZ By day three, our road trip was becoming a bit too road-trippy, as in we found ourselves on the road for 10-12 hours a day, eating a ton of road food, and starting to feel a little sick of sitting on our behinds for so long. So I decided it was time for some kind of exercise.

By | August 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Route 66: Day 2 – Blue Whale of Catoosa, Cadillac Ranch

Goal: Albuquerque, NM Day 2 of our road trip started with a little bit of a back-track. We arrived at our destination (Tulsa, OK) a bit too late last night to visit the Blue Whale of Catoosa, so we asked the children if they wanted to travel back 15 minutes to explore it. The Blue Whale was one of the sites we researched ahead of time to prepare for our trip.

By | August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Route 66: Day 1- Illinois, Missouri, Kansas

Goal: Tulsa, OK If you ask my son what his favorite part of our road trip was, he would say the Gemini Giant. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why...

By | August 3rd, 2016|2 Comments

Preparing Adults for a Route 66 Road Trip

Well, imagine my surprise, after deciding that our epic family trip would be a drive along the entire length of Route 66, that [...]

By | August 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

5 Ways to Prepare Kids for a Route 66 Road Trip

When planning for our road trip, I took some advice from one of my favorite books called The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton. [...]

By | August 1st, 2016|0 Comments
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